Friday, 13 September 2013

1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3-glycoside of herbal origin exhibits delayed release pharmacokinetics when compared to its synthetic counterpart.

1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3-glycoside of herbal origin exhibits delayed release pharmacokinetics when compared to its synthetic counterpart.
J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2013 Jul;136:333-6
Authors: Bachmann H, Offord-Cavin E, Phothirath P, Horcajada MN, Romeis P, Mathis GA
Abstract
Vitamin D requires two metabolic steps to become biologically active. In a first step 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 is formed, which acts as storage form. After a tightly controlled step in kidney the active metabolite 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) is formed. Because kidney is the relevant metabolic organ for this conversion, 1,25(OH)2D3 needs to be supplemented in patients with kidney malfunction or kidney failure. Synthetic 1,25(OH)2D3 (calcitriol) has been available as a drug for decades. Due to its high potency and its kinetic profile (fast absorption and rapid elimination) its therapeutic windows has proven to be relatively narrow.
A natural form of the active metabolite was identified in a few plants, such as Solanum glaucophyllum (SG) and suggested as alternative for animal and human health. An extract of a SG variety bred for high and uniform level of glycosylated 1,25(OH)2D3 was chemically characterized. Among the typical pharmaceutically inactive plant components (carbohydrates 54.3%, protein 24.9%, minerals 17.1% and water 4.1%) high levels of 1,25(OH)2D3 and a unique flavonoid content was found (1.11mg total quercetin/g extract) consisting exclusively of the quercetin glycosides hyperoside, isoquercetin, rutin and apinosylrutin. The molecular distribution of glycosyl moieties in 1,25(OH)2D3 extracted from SG as determined by gel permeation chromatography was found to be 1-10 hexose units per aglycone. 1,25(OH)2D3-1-β-glucopyranoside was identified in the SG extract, while a di- and triglycoside have been identified in SG by other groups. The pharmacokinetic properties of synthetic 1,25(OH)2D3 and glycosylated 1,25(OH)2D3 extracted from SG were compared in male rats. When compared to synthetic 1,25(OH)2D3, SG-derived 1,25(OH)2D3 exhibited delayed absorption and elimination characteristics, resulting in delayed Tmax (6-12h vs. 1h) and increased T½ (approximately 30h vs. 23h). This putative modified release pattern may be attributed to the glycosylation of herbal 1,25(OH)2D3 because de-glycosylation by ubiquitous intestinal enzymes prior to intestinal uptake of the aglycone appears to be the rate limiting step. In effect, 1,25(OH)2D3 of herbal origin behaves like a precursor of calcitriol, resulting in a wider therapeutic window and thus better pharmacological tolerance. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled 'Vitamin D Workshop.'.